Health conference focuses on AIDS, dengue fever

Updated 24 April 2013
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Health conference focuses on AIDS, dengue fever

Jeddh Health Affairs Director Dr. Sami Badawood launched the annual three-day conference on infectious diseases at the Park Hyatt Hotel.
The conference, organized by Saudi Society for Medical Microbiology and Infection Diseases, attracted a large number of doctors, including microbiologists and infectious disease experts from around the Kingdom.
The event will hold 15 workshops.
Speakers from Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah and Makkah will exchange their views regarding diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.
The conference aims to spread information about AIDS, tuberculosis and dengue fever. Ways to combat AIDS, rights of AIDS patients, and how society should deal with those effected by the deadly disease will also be focused.
The conference will also discuss the latest methods to prevent hospital infections.
Dr. Ghassan Yusuf, professor at King Saud University, said the conference will discuss the latest medical developments regarding AIDS and other infectious diseases.
Yusuf is managing one of the workshop on HIV. He said the number of AIDS patients in the Kingdom, numbering about 15,000, is not increasing.
He said that the main cause of infection is sexual contact.
According to Yusuf, cases regarding pregnant mothers transmitting the disease to their fetuses are quite rare.
“AIDS patients can live long if they undergo proper treatment,” he said.
Infectious diseases consultant, Dr. Batul Ali, said AIDS patients have to be given their rights and the negative perception toward them must be changed.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.